Posts Tagged ‘exercise mats’

Eco Exercise Mats

Posted on: May 31st, 2010 by

eco-friendly productsNot many exercise mats are truly eco-friendly; and among those that are, some are moreso than others. How would you like to know when you purchase an eco exercise mat, you help the earth’s ecology in a few different ways? First of all, for each powerhouse eco exercise mat sold, a tree will be planted to help offset environmental effects.

How great is that?

Plus, these super durable mats, which are perfect for Pilates, sit-ups o hardwood floors, or pretty much any other type of exercise where a mat is appropriate, are more healthful than ordinary exercise mats or basic gymnastics mats, which might not be phthalate free, like the eco mats we’re talking about here. Always look for terms such as “100% organic”, “natural”, and “100% recycled” determine the ecological commitment of any given product or provider.

Exercise Equipment Mats

Posted on: May 28th, 2010 by

exercise matsIf you own or run a professional gym or other exercise facility, you know what it’s like to keep up with exercise mats or expensive gym flooring, which can wear out quickly or take abuse just from day-to-day wear and tear. That’s one good reason to look at purchasing exercise equipment mats to help preserve your flooring, rather than resting your stationary bikes, treadmills, or other such apparatus directly on your flooring, to not only provide extra protection, but also to provide stability you might not get otherwise.

If you decide you don’t want to put down exercise equipment mats under your equipment, how about creating a specific area where you use something such as interlocking rubber flooring where your bikes and other machines are, rather than going wall to wall with the flooring, and worrying about having to pull that machinery aside sooner to replace worn tiles?

The point is: explore all your options before making a decision.

Pilates Mats

Posted on: May 21st, 2010 by

While you browse various types of exercise mats, look closely to find Pilates mats as well.  Just like there are many types of traditional exercise mats, there are many kinds of Pilates mats, too; from varying densities, thicknesses, materials, colors, and sizes…you can find what you’re looking for even if you don’t know it yet!

For example, if you want something along the lines of a yoga mat, the black Raja will surprise you in its suitability for use as a Pilates mat.  The Raja is a mere ¼ inch thick, but is extra dense and highly tear resistant, as well as providing superb traction.  The lightly tacky surface provides excellent slip prevention as well as ideal rebound; the Raja mat comes with its own harness for carrying, too.

Martial Arts Mats

Posted on: May 19th, 2010 by

martial arts and exercise matsYou can have custom martial arts mats made to order instead of settling for standard exercise mats beneath you and your students when people hit the floor.  Martial arts mats made to order are manufactured a special way so as to better absorb the greater impact associated with martial arts moves, exercises, and throws.

The cross-linked polyethylene foam filler in these mats provide superior durability and resilience to use and are much more resistant to breakdown than ordinary exercise mats, and are perfect if you need some padding in a smaller area, as all can be affixed with Velcro connecting along the edges to expand them either lengthwise or laterally.  And if you’re opening your own karate studio or dojo, there’s the irreplaceable martial arts seamless flooring, which comes in pretty much every color imaginable.

Exercise Mats and Accessories

Posted on: May 14th, 2010 by

exercise mats and accessoriesConsider a Whale Therapeutic Back Bench to your quiver of exercise mats and accessories. If you have never laid eyes on one, take a look at this picture of the woman stretching her back. Is your back that flexible? Wouldn’t it be great if it were? Over the years, our spines tend to curve forward, resulting in “humpback” in old age. With the use of the Whale, you can counteract that effect, keeping your spine supple.

Some other benefits include:

• Reduces vertebrae and disc compression, pain and discomfort.
• Improves posture.
• Relaxes back and abdominal muscles.
• Increases blood flow to brain.
• Promotes cognitive abilities.
• Promotes greater well-being.
• Improves sleep patterns.
• May restore lost height due to curvature of spine, over time.

Maintaining our flexibility as we age isn’t easy, to be sure. We need all the help we can get, and one way to encourage our diligence is to have useful equipment around to facilitate regular exercise. Exercise mats, resistance tubes, or the increasingly popular resistance bands, all can help you maintain your flexibility and push back the effects of aging on your body.

Exercise Balls

Posted on: May 13th, 2010 by

Fitness equipment and exercise productsYou’ve got your exercise mats, and resistance tubes kit…now what?  Have you got an exercise ball yet?  Thousands of people are discovering the benefits of using large, exercise balls to strengthen abs, back, buttocks, and to increase cardio-vascular development.

In truth, exercise balls have become an integral part of the complete exercise collection of exercise accessories; they’re almost as indispensable as a jump rope is to a boxer, or as much a part of health fitness as weight lifting gloves are to a regimen that includes weight training.  Don’t forget yours when you’re ready to get serious about health fitness.

Fitness Equipment Mats

Posted on: May 12th, 2010 by

exercise matsWhile browsing for exercise mats, take some time to check out fitness equipment mats as well. Highly durable, foam, fitness equipment mats serve a variety of purposes, such as the one pictured here, which is an exercise equipment mat made for bikes or stepper machines. If you’re not equipping a gym or other exercise facility, and just need something for home, such as a treadmill mat, don’t hesitate to make an order for whatever it is you’re looking for.

High quality, durable, recycled rubber flooring is also an excellent solution to providing the right amount of padding and protection for the feet and joints of those working out, as well as providing sound insulation that stops vibrations from activity and music from carrying too far outside your allotted space. The foam flooring also can protect your under flooring from iron weights set down or dropped from too high up.

Exercise Mats

Posted on: May 12th, 2010 by

exercise mats and exercise flooringIt’s not always easy deciding on the right exercise mats or other exercise products when you’re faced with outfitting a workout area, school gym, or even a home exercise room; finding the right kind of mats, flooring, and station mats for under exercise equipment should be done with the right knowledge of what to use.

In most home circumstances, foam, interlocking tiles made from non-toxic, lead-free EVA foam, which come in jumbo size of 2’ square tiles, will suit your needs. These fitness flooring tiles are highly durable, provide anti-fatigue flooring that makes it easier on the feet, as well as protect the under flooring from weights dropped [for example]. Many styles, colors, and texture tops are available, so take some time to browse what’s available, and then calculate the area to be covered to ensure accuracy.

Exercise Mats

Posted on: May 11th, 2010 by

exercise matsWhen you’re looking for exercise mats, you need only look as far as your computer!  The truth is, your local sports outfitter isn’t likely to match the inventory of large, online providers that have vast selections housed in warehouses that don’t take up expensive commercial real estate, which expense is inevitably passed onto the customer!   Why not pay prices that are closer to wholesale instead of the huge mark-ups you’ll encounter at retail stores?

Just think of the savings and trouble saved when you buy, for instance, gymnastics mats and receive free shipping!   You select the color, size, and thickness to suit your needs, place your order, and then wait for your mats to arrive.  No worries about hauling those bulky mats back to your destination location! Just browse, decide, click, and you’re done!

Pilates Mats

Posted on: May 8th, 2010 by

Pilates mats, like the exercise approach itself, have gained notoriety as well as popularity over the past few years.  Pilates mats tend to be thinner than traditional exercise mats, and made of a denser material, making them highly portable, encouraging transport for those who travel and hesitate to take their exercise mat with them.

And although there are some similarities between Pilates mats and traditional yoga mats, the purist will want to select the appropriate mat for his or her needs.  For instance, if you don’t have a set of yoga paws and will be working out on a hard floor, such as hardwood or smooth tile, “sticky” Yama yoga mats are very desirable.  Check out your options to see what best suits your needs.